Service Preview for July 19

Call To Worship
We confess the supremacy of God in Christ through both responsive reading and song.

Our Spoken Call to Worship
Adapted from Frame’s Systematic Theology

Our God is absolute.
His attributes possess the highest possible degree of perfection.
His power can never be surpassed or defeated.
His understanding is without limit so that
“no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty.

God’s attributes and actions set the standard for all other beings.
God’s love is the measure of our love.
His wisdom is the standard of our wisdom and
rebukes our foolishness.
His power exposes the vast powers of nature and man to be weak.
God’s goodness is the standard of our goodness, His mercy the standard of our mercy.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty.

God is self-existent and self-sufficient.
He is not dependent on any being outside Himself for His existence or sustenance.
His power, love and knowledge do not depend on anyone or anything other than Himself.
We do not worship God in order to supply some need of His; indeed He has no needs.
We worship Him because He deserves it and
because He has promised to bless those who
worship Him in spirit and truth.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty.
Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord, our God and Maker.

Our Sung Call to Worship
Psalm 121

Verse 1
I lift my eyes up to the hills,
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth.

Pre Chorus
He will not let your feet slip,
His right hand never leaves you
He who keeps you never slumbers nor sleeps.

Chorus
He watches over you,
Like a shade from the sun by day and the moon by night
He watches over you,
No evil can ever invade the covering of Yahweh.

Bridge
When you go out, when you come in, He watches over You.
Today and forevermore, He never leaves You. (Repeat)

(Chorus)

By Shane Heilman
©Angry Monkey Publishing (Admin. Shane Heilman)
CCLI 7144772

Confession
We confess our need for mercy through both responsive reading and song.

Our Spoken Confession
From Table Talk, July 9, 2020 Edition

We must put sin to death lest we harden our hearts completely against the Lord. To do this requires
attending corporate worship and partaking of the means of grace, repenting when we sin, asking for help to overcome besetting sin, and asking the Lord to give us a deep hatred for all that is against Him. Let us put sin to death so that we will persevere to the end.

Spend a few minutes in private confession of your sin.

Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy,
Have mercy on us.

Our Sung Confession
Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me

Verse 1
What gift of grace is Jesus my Redeemer
There is no more for heaven now to give
He is my joy, my righteousness and freedom
My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace.

To this I hold: my hope is only Jesus
For my life is wholly bound to his.
Oh, how strange and divine, I can sing: all is mine!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

Verse 2
The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Savior he will stay.
I labour on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, his power is displayed.

To this I hold: my Shepherd will defend me;
Through the deepest valley he will lead.
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

Verse 3
No fate I dread, I know I am forgiven;
The future sure, the price it has been paid
For Jesus bled and suffered for my pardon
And he was raised to overthrow the grave.

To this I hold: my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released, I can sing I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

Verse 4
With every breath I long to follow Jesus
For he has said that he will bring me home.
And day by day I know he will renew me
Until I stand with joy before the throne.

Verse 4 (continued)
To this I hold: my hope is only Jesus!
All the glory evermore to him!
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

Song ending
When the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat:
Yet not I, but through Christ in me
Yet not I, but through Christ in me.

By Jenny Robinsons, Rich Thompson and Michael Ferron
©2018 CityAlight Music

Assurance and Peace
We profess our assurance of salvation and peace in Christ through both responsive reading and song.

Remember the Gospel
From John Bunyan Pilgrim’s Progress

Christ Jesus came into the World to save sinners.
He is the end of the Law for Righteousness to
everyone that believes.
He died for our sins and rose again for our justification.
He loves us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
He is Mediator between God and man.
He ever lives to make intercession for us.
Praise be to Christ our Redeemer to whom belongs the glory and the dominion forever and ever, amen.

Our Sung Profession of Assurance
I Surrender All

Verse 1
All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live. (Chorus)

Chorus
I surrender all, (I surrender all),
I surrender all; (I surrender all);
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

Verse 2
All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now. (Chorus)

Verse 3
All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Savior, wholly thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine. (Chorus)

Verse 4
All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let thy blessing fall on me. (Chorus)

(Chorus)

By Judson W. VanDeventer and Winfield S. Weeden. Public Domain.

Thanksgiving and Petition

We Give Thanks in Prayer and Offer Petitions to God
We express our gratitude to God our Father for Christ’s work on the cross for us and bring our requests before him. In bringing our requests, we confess that we believe God truly is a good father, who cares about our needs and gives us what he knows is best.

We Give Thanks by Giving
We give financial offerings to support the work of the church because of our gratitude to God. By giving we confess we are trusting in God’s provision for us as well.
On the first Sunday of each month we have two offerings—one for the general fund and a second one for the benevolence ministry of our church.
You may give electronically at gabcames.org/giving/ or place your offering in the boxes at the back of the sanctuary or send a check in the mail.

Scripture Reading
1 Peter 3:1-7 (ESV)

1Likewise, wives, be subject to your own
husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

This the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!

Sermon
1 Peter 3:1-7 – The Witness of Holy Marriages – Pastor Michael Felkins

The Lord’s Supper
This morning we will be observing the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is a covenant meal for the people of God whereby we remember the person and work of Christ on the cross to redeem us from our sin. It is a time to reflect, remember and repent. It is also the application of the sermon whereby we confess our sin and continually turn to Jesus for grace.

If you have trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior, have been baptized by immersion and are a member in good standing of a local church we invite you to share in this covenant meal with us.

We also ask that everyone who takes this covenant meal with us remember the warning given by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29, “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.” So we ask that you examine your heart and your relationship with God through the person and work of Christ.

If you are not able to receive the Lord’s Supper with us, please use this time to meditate on one of the following prayers.

A PRAYER FOR THOSE SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH
Lord Jesus, You claim to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. If what You claim is true, please guide me, teach me and open me to the reality of who You are. Grant that I might be undaunted in my pursuit of knowing You. Give me an understanding of You that is coherent and convincing, and that leads me to the life in You. Amen.

A PRAYER FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO CONFESS FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
Lord Jesus I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever dared admit, but through You I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank You for paying my debt on the cross, taking what I deserve in order to purchase my complete forgiveness. Knowing that You have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive You as My Savior and Lord. Amen.

A PRAYER OF COMMITMENT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE CONFESSED FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
Lord Jesus, You have called us to follow You in baptism and in a life of committed discipleship in Your church. Grant that I may take the necessary steps to be one with Your people, and live in the fullness of Your Spirit in a local community of Christ followers. Amen.

adapted from D. A. Carson, ed., Worship by the Book (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002)

Gluten free elements are available for those with this dietary need.
Please dispose of your Lord’s Supper cup in the waste receptacles near the doors or put them in the cup holders of the chairs with book racks under them.

Sending
Having heard and confessed the Gospel, we are sent into the world on mission in Christ, which we express in both song and spoken word.

Sending Song
Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavn’ly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

By Thomas Ken and Louis Bourgeois. Public Domain

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